Police officer given national posthumous award for helping grieving families

A police officer Rick Hooley, has been given a posthumous honour for his work supporting grieving families.

Rick Hooley was praised for his service as a family liaison officer at the first Family Liaison Officer awards ceremony held by road safety charity, Brake, in London last Wednesday, June 6.

Hooley had been an officer with Cheshire Police for 25 years and was involved with the roads policing team for 16 years before he died in September. He was nominated to receive the family award, by a family impacted by a crash that happened in a different country.

In nominating him, they said that he was able to clearly explain all of the different laws and processes involved, with the family fully supported. This consistent communication and support continued over a three-year period, and the family hailed PC Hooley’s outstanding dedication and professionalism.

PC Hooley’s family were present to receive the award, with the constabulary represented by friend and colleague Sgt Neil Farnworth.

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